DIY Monday’s ~ Edible Sea Favors PART 2: Madeleine Shells

I hope you enjoyed last weeks Edible Sea Glass Favors!  Here’s is the long awaited part 2! I know, I know.. it’s a part of our DIY Monday’s series … and today is Tuesday, but we’re any of you really checking your email yesterday when it was a holiday? My guess is probably not! So.. yes, I saved it for today:)

How I came across Madeleine Shells ~ the perfect beachy themed wedding favor…  After a long day I was craving something simple and sweet.  I thought a cookie would be just the thing!! I dropped by a small local bakery and came across madeleines, french butter cookies. Looking at the freshly baked cookies I was instantly reminded of sea shells!  (Madeleines are traditionally baked in scalloped edged pans)  These golden brown cookies became my newest inspiration for a beach themed wedding favor!

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PHOTO CREDIT: 101 Cookbooks- Madeleines Recipe

You can find madeleines pre-made in specialty bakeries or you can try making your own using this highly recommended recipe from 101 cookbooks.  Place one or two madeleines into a clear cellophane bag, tie a blue or beige ribbon and add a seashell shaped tag. Wanna get fancy? What about placing the cookie in a small bag and then putting that smaller bag into a larger bag filled with a little bit of sand and shells and even some sea glass, then tying off with a nice ribbom?  These cookies are elegant enough for a formal wedding and are beautiful enough to display without embellishments. Delicious and simple, magic words for any busy bride! They also go great with last weeks Sea Glass favors! Why not mix them up?

Give these beauties a try and let us know how you like them! 🙂

Happy Tuesday everyone! Hope you had a fabulous long weekend!!

xo, Kelli
Hawaii Wedding Planners 
Best Day Ever Hawaii

DIY Monday’s ~ The Kissing Clothes Pin

I love DIY’s that take ordinary household items and turn them into something entirely unexpected!  Brooklyn Bride was looking for a unique cake topper and made an easy peasy DIY project that transformed a simple clothes pin into an adorable kissing bride and groom.  It’s creative, functional and versatile perfect for our crafty Hawaii brides!!

  1. diy, diy mondays, kissing clothes pin, diy weddingStart off with a large clothespin.  On half of the pin sketch with a pencil a tuxedo with a bow tie, on the other half sketch a wedding dress.
  2. Sketch accessories and facial expressions (Be creative!!)
  3. Using acrylic paint, paint over sketches
  4. Finish off by gluing a piece of lace for the bridal veil and you’re done!diy, diy mondays, kissing clothes pin, diy wedding

diy, diy mondays, kissing clothes pin, diy weddingThis formal version is adorable but you could easily change it to fit your wedding theme!  For a Hawaii wedding you could paint the groom in an aloha shirt and maile lei and the bride with a white dress and plumeria flower in her hair. LOVE IT!!

Hope you enjoyed our Monday DIY Project ~ What did you think? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

xo, Kelli
Best Day Ever
Hawaii Wedding Planning & Event Design

PHOTO CREDITS: Brooklyn Bride

French Macaroon Wedding Favors

I recently went to Eat the Streets, a local food festival in Hawaii that goes on once a month. Being that it was my first time I was almost overwhelmed with all of the food options! My friends and I couldn’t decide on one place for dinner but when it came to dessert we were all in agreement it had to be French Macaroons!!

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These small baked meringue cookies and soft centers have been a huge trend recently, especially in weddings. Imagine one, two or three of these little beauties in a simple clear box with a simple ribbon that matches the colors of your wedding.

There are tons of flavors to choose from and a variety of colors to mix and match! What I love most is that they won’t melt so they can also be easily packaged ahead of time too!  Choose a clear cellophane bag or a clear plastic box then top it off with a ribbon and a cute DIY paper orchid or a favor tag that has your initials on it.  Super cute right? And don’t forget you can choose flavors that match the colors of your wedding too! White’s go with everything, but if you’ve got a blue theme’d wedding going on, why not ask your baker if she can do blue french macraroons?  French macaroons make beautiful favors that are easy to eat, gorgeous to look at and oh so tasty!!

Wondering where you can get these fab favors here in Hawaii?  Here’s a Best Day Ever insider tip: Try CakeWorks Hawaii, in Honolulu (right across from the Hawaiian Humane Society), they have delicious one of a kind Hawaii-inspired flavors. Other local shops that have French Macroons…  Honolulu Coffee Company (Ala Moana), The Pacific Place Tea Garden (Ala Moana), or Patisserie Palme D’Or (Ala Moana).

And for our favorite Hawaii DIY brides . . .  Here’s our favorite DIY Recipe for French Macaroons.

Do you love these as much as I do?  I’d love to hear your thoughts! 🙂

DIY Mondays ~ Super Cute Paper Orchid Bloom Favors

Flowers are an important part of a wedding and many would say – almost as important as the dress and cake!  So what do you do if your favorite flower is not in season for your wedding? Create them yourself!

We love this DIY orchid favor project so much we had to share… (originally created & designed by ellinee’s journal who has amazing DIY projects for all occasions).

DIY Paper Orchid Bloom Favors:

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  1. Start off with a template (Pink and White version) and print the pattern out onto a heavy weighted paper.
  2. Cut out each piece and gently curl each edge.
  3. Glue pieces in order from the outer leaf to the center.  Let dry and they’re ready be showed off!

diy, diy mondays, diy weddings, paper orchid bloom favors, wedding favorsPaper flowers are quick and easy to make and are a good budget friendly alternative to real flowers! They make great favor decor but could also be used in a ton of other ways! Best of all they are available all year round!! :]

Hope you enjoyed our Monday DIY Project ~ What did you think? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

xo, Best Day Ever Hawaii
Hawaii Wedding Planners

Vendor Spotlight : Choco le‘a

This week’s vendor spotlight is on Choco lea, a local specialty chocolate company that makes fresh natural products here in Hawaii.

Each week we try to feature a super special vendor whom we think you – our favorite Hawaii brides – would love!  This week, we are featuring Choco le‘a – A company that does amazing european one of a kind chocolate stations for weddings. If you love chocolate as much as I do, you are going to LOVE Choco le‘a!vendor spotlight, chocolea, chocolate, wedding dessert, dessert

Choco le‘a means “chocolate pleasures.”  And something really cool about this company is that not only do they makes fabulous confections but they also believe in giving back to the community.  For all catered events, they will donate 50% of their proceeds to the charity or other non-profit of the bride and groom’s choice.

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Who is Colins Kawai? Colins is one of our favorite vendors and someone we have grown to really care about.  He is the extremely nice and super easy going.  He is also the owner of Choco le‘a!  Our favorite Hawaii Wedding Chocolate station.  He is really amazing at what he does and loves working with his customers to create pieces that are uniquely theirs.  Want to know more? I know you do!!

Here’s more of our interview with Colins…

What makes your chocolate different?  Our specialty is gourmet, European dark chocolate truffles.  We are chocolate purists, which mean that we refrain from using artificial flavors, colors, powders, or additives, whenever possible.  We use local flavors, such as mochi, haupia, and lychee to create our designer truffles and offer a complete cocktail bar of liqueur truffles, including assorted premium wines, beers, and other spirits.

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What kind of experience will the bride and groom have if they hire you? How about their guests?   The bride and groom will feel like royalty at their wedding.  We work closely with our couples asking a lot of questions, and being very attentive to the details.  We will take what we learn to design unique flavors that will create a custom designer chocolate menu for their family and guests.  And, if they come up with a unique flavor, we will name that truffle after them.   We will be their personal chocolatier taking care of the set-up, staffing, clean-up and assistance in answering any questions for them and their guests.

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What do your prices start at and what do they include?   We believe in pricing our chocolates affordably.  We offer three prices, $6, $9, and $12 per person.  Our starting price would include free consultations, plus our designer truffle bar/chocolate buffet with up to a dozen truffle varieties, plus dipped cookies and fruits, in season.  Our premium package would include extravagances, such as our Dom Perignon champagne truffles etc.  We would also include a mini-version of our signature truffle bar/chocolate buffet at their bridal shower at no additional cost, among quite a few royal extras.

What have guests said about your chocolates?
Guests are simply amazed by our royal wedding signature truffle bar/chocolate buffet which is designed for lovers of chocolate and chocolate aficionados.

(He’s right – we have seen first hand how much guests fall in love with these chocolates.. think Honolulu Chocolate Company quality but better!  It’s an easy way to make a big impression on guests!)vendor spotlight, chocolea, chocolate, wedding dessert, dessert

Do you do tastings?

Yes, we do make and provide samples.  In addition, we also will host chocolate-tasting parties, which are a LOT of fun!  Our minimum fee is just $300 for a small, intimate group.  Our standard fee starts at $450.

If you have a sweet tooth, the Choco le‘a Chocolate Station could be the perfect solution for your wedding. Extremely elegant, these chocolates always are a big wow factor… We have even seen Colins create solid chocolate frames which held the couples engagement photos.  How cute is that?!

Want to know more? Leave us a comment here!
or shoot Colins an email today! ckawai@chocolea.com

We only do vendor spotlights on the best of Hawaii vendors… so hope you enjoyed todays post!

xo, Nicole
Best Day Ever Hawaii
Hawaii’s Premiere Wedding Planning & Event Design Team

Inspiration Tuesdays: Rustic Weddings

Rustic Weddings are so chic these days! We have had so many brides say they wanted their wedding to be “rustic” we just couldn’t help but share this gorgeous wedding featured in one of our favorite blogs Ruffled.

If you’re a DIY bride, you’re boing to love this wedding, it was a true labor of love by the bride – Camryn, her husband – Brian, and their friends. Nearly every detail was executed as a DIY project inspired by blogs like Ruffled. We’re absolutely LOVING all the details that went into this wedding and the personalization is out of this world! The bridal party even used an actual school bus as their transportation, in a fitting nod to the couple’s respective careers as school teachers! This is just an amazing wedding and gorgeous couple!  Best Day Ever wishes a very happy Wedding and Congrats to Camryn and Brian! Enjoy the photos!

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Wedding Vendors (Santa Barbara, CA):

Venue: Rockwood Women’s Club / Wedding Photographer: Jen Rodriguez / Event Design: Adored Wedding Design / Day-of Coordination: Joy de Vivre / Wedding Flowers: Acton Country Flowers / Wedding Caterer: Command Performance Catering / Wedding Cake: MJB Cakes / Wedding Hair and Makeup: Janelle Lewis of N’Style Salon / DJ:SOS Entertainment

Photos courtesy of Jen Rodriguez Photography

Wishing you all the Happiest of Tuesdays !  XoXo ~ Hawaii Wedding Planner, Best Day Ever!

♥Personalized Wedding Magazine by 20Pages♥

I LOVE love LOVE love this Personalized Wedding Magazine from 20 Pages. It’s the perfect way to share your story and the details of your wedding with your closest family and friends. 20 Pages provides you with two different magazine layouts both fully customizable – so perfect for any Hawaii Wedding– right? .  You provide them with photos and then fill the inside with special stories about how the two of you met, in depth interviews and notes for guests on where to stay, what to do, etc.  You can choose from an entire list of possible stories (or features).  Here are a few of the features I loved best:

Possible Feature Stories (or contents in your magazine):

Day of Agenda: Your agenda and timeline of your festivities.

Interview: Every couple has a great story about how they met. What’s yours?

Wedding Party: Say a little something about your nearest and dearest.

Childhood Photos: Let everyone know you have always been cute.

Maps & Directions: Make sure your guests know where to go and how to get there.

Area Hotels & Recommendations: Help out of town guests find places to stay.

Top Things To Do: Your personalized top things to do in Hawaii list.

Have other ideas? You can always look at the entire list of “fun stuff” and “practical stuff” here.  Honestly these photos don’t do the magazine justice and you have to go to their website to really see the gutz of the inside pages. Here’s a little glimpse in to 20 Pages – Personalized Wedding Magazine:

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Super cool right? It would make the perfect program on top everyones seat at the reception.. Talk about a “wow” factor!! Curious about pricing? We were too… Heres what a completely personalized wedding magazine would cost for design and printing…

 20 Pages Pricing Packages: 

Near & Dear Package   $690
20 magazines included
$12 for each additional magazine

Intimate Package   $990
50 magazines included
$8 for each additional magazine

Boisterous Package   $1390
100 magazines included

$6 for each additional magazine

Magazine Details

Dimension: 8.5 x 11
Number of pages: 20
Cover: Premium Gloss, 100# Text with UV coating
Paper (internal): Premium Gloss, 80# Text
Includes all the sections seen on this website : http://twentypages.com/magazine.php

Just another fun wedding tip from your favorite Hawaii Wedding Planner, Best Day Ever Hawaii. Happy Friday Everyone!!

Hawaii wedding inspiration: Beachy Bliss

We love a well thought out and put together beachy themed wedding.  We live in such a beautiful place, why shouldn’t we play off of the islands wonderful details?  Hawaiian sea shells, sheer ocean blue fabrics, beach glass, coral, and old vintage bottles in greens and light blues can be stitched together to create beautiful beachy bliss wedding. Here are a few of our favorite ideas for a beach inspired wedding:

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Original post from Snippit and Ink. Top row from left: palm tree on beach photo by You Look Nice Today, hibiscus embellished envelope with calligraphy by Laura HooperSaipua pineapple centerpiece photo by Justin & Mary, Hawaiian quilt wedding cake from Martha Stewart Weddings Row 2: photo of bride by Beloved Photo Boutique, vintage Waikiki surfer postcard, orchid and fern bouquet by Ariella Chezar Row 3: photo of vintage fan by Jose Villa, white hibiscus, photo of leather strappy sandals by Garance Dore, photo with vintage toy plane and brass pineapple by Emma Mitchell via sfgirlbybayhawaii wedding inspiration, beachy bliss, beach weddings

Table number ideas from Pacific Weddings.

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Hanging Capiz Shell Chandelier from one of my favorite furniture/design stores ever… West Elm. Debbie Hemingway, local florist and designer actually has these capiz shell chandeliers for rent too! How cool!hawaii wedding inspiration, beachy bliss, beach wedding

Beach canopy honeymoon table design by Designs by Hemingway.  Wouldn’t you love to have a private dining table on the beach like this?hawaii wedding inspiration, beachy bliss, beach wedding

Beachy details by Designs by Hemingway. Loving this!

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Vintage glass bottles make the perfect floral holders.  The best part – You don’t need many stems to make a statement.  These beautiful glasses almost scream for simplicity.

For more Hawaii beach inspired wedding ideas contact Best Day Ever, Hawaii’s favorite wedding planner & event designer today!

Happy Earth Day!

Eco-Friendly Weddings are the new shabby chic! In honor of Earth Day, we would like to share our Top 7 Eco-Friendly Wedding Tips…

Tip1:  Eco-Friendly Favors!  Check out these Nature Bird Seed favors from Etsy.  Super cute hearts made of birdseed and biodegradable material make the perfect wedding favors.

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Tip2:  Plant a Tree!  Encourage guests to start an herb garden or plant a tree by giving each guest a mini herb plant as a special wedding gift. Growing your own plants and herbs at home saves money, gas, and tons of waste!

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PHOTO CREDIT: Marvelous Things Photography

Tip3: Choose an Eco-Friendly Venue.  Check out venues that are earth-friendly.  One that comes to mind here on Oahu is the Loulu Palm who has recycling bins they encourage you to use onsite. Ask each venue if they are eco-friendly and what efforts they are making to be so.

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Tip4: Buy a Second-Hand Dress.  Have you seen some of the gorgeous vintage gowns at www.vintageous.com? If not you have to check them out! Posh Girl Vintage also has some great pre-owned dresses, like the one shown below.

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Tip5: Use Real Dishes.  Using real chinaware, silverware, cloth napkins, glasses and tablecloths (that can be washed and re-used) will save tons of trash and will look so much more elegant!  Check out our website for vintage chinaware rentals!

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Tip6: Eco-Friendly Wedding Sites.  Check out: Intimate Weddings, Eco-Beautiful Weddings, and Eco and Elsie for great earth-friendly wedding tips and tricks! Here are some great tips posted from Eco and Elsie.

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Tip7: Donate centerpiece florals. Rather than letting those gorgeous centerpieces go to waste, why not donate them to a Children’s Hospital or Senior Care Home? Best Day Ever has just introduced their “Share the Aloha” program in which we will handle the floral pick-up and drop off and all the details and coordination.  It’s your choice, you can donate one arrangement or 30 arrangements. We have set up a program with the children’s cancer floor at Kapiolani Medical Center and the four Senior Care Homes in Manoa in which we contact them ahead of time and schedule visitations.  We even create cards from you “Mr. & Mrs. Jones” and Best Day Ever, printed on recycled paper -to go with each arrangement.  The florals are hand-delivered by Erika and I and used to make someone else smile for the next few weeks. For more details on hawaii floral donations and Share the Aloha: click here.

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Hope you enjoyed our Top 7 Eco-Friendly tips!  We’ll be posting a lot more on earth-friendly favors, venues and vendors in the upcoming months as we just booked our first Eco-Friendly bride Georgia – who we are thrilled to be helping with a full coordination.  

Wishing everyone a very Happy EARTH DAY!!  

xoxo, Best Day Ever – Hawaii Wedding Planners … Erika & Nic

Wedding Gifts

Looking for the perfect gift for your fiancee, bridesmaids, mother, mother-in-law, maid of honor?  Today I came across this amazing company called The Find that creates Personalized slippers!  OMG – what a great gift for your fiancee right? Just put an engagement photo on there and slip them under his seat at the reception.. what an awesome surprise!  OR get some made for your bridal party with you and your best friend, you and your sister, or you and your college roommates photos on them.  Printed, personalized, super special flip flops – It’s the perfect bridal party gift!  Completely personalized and sure to make a huge impact in letting them know how important they are to you.  Here’s the best part, for a limited time, on one of my favorite websites for great Hawaii deals – The Find, is offering a 1/2 off deal – Just $19 for custom flip flops! Don’t miss out – these deals don’t last long.

Here is the link to these personalized bridal party flip flops.

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I hope you LOVE this idea as much as I do !! This could also make a really cute bridal shower gift – add a Mrs. XXXXX on there and you’re good to go!!

Your Hawaii wedding planner Deal of the Day – xoxo, Best Day Ever